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Topic: Ancillary Doctors Appointments - Suggestions Please!

Forum: Australians and New Zealanders Affected by Breast Cancer —

Australian health care, clinical trials, and life in general in the land down under.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2016 05:23PM

Ausbear wrote:

Hi lovely Aussie sisters,

I'm getting prepared for surgery on May 4th and have been advised to see a dentist to make sure my teeth are in order before things kick off. Can you suggest any other doctors/practitioners that I should be visiting as well?

Thanks

Clair

Aged 41 at diagnosis. The little lump that changed it all. Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 5/3/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Targeted Therapy 6/29/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/29/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Apr 13, 2016 02:38PM Racy wrote:

Hi Ausbear

I had some wisdom teeth removed before chemo due to recurring infections around those teeth, as it is not good to have infections while on chemo.

My GP also recommended a skin check. She said chemo could cause any skin cancers to grow. I'm not sure that's true but I took the opportunity to have the check anyway.

I also saw a naturopath a couple of times, a psychologist many times, a pastoral carer and a priest!

Best wishes.

Dx 2010, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 13, 2016 04:27PM LisaAlissa wrote:

I'm not Australian, but you might want to ask for a pre-surgery referral to a medical oncologist, so that you could ask if neoadjuvent chemo would be appropriate for you.

Your lump looks like a small one, so maybe not, but you can't have neoadjuvent chemo if you've already had surgery.

HTH,

LisaAlissa

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Apr 13, 2016 08:38PM Blessings2011 wrote:

Ausbear:

Are you having chemo? If so, I would recommend a complete Audiogram (hearing test), as some of the chemo drugs they use can be ototoxic - damaging to the ear, causing hearing loss. Note: this is not a common side effect from what I've read here.

However, if it is determined that you do have a hearing loss down the road, having a "baseline" test ahead of time can help make the case that your hearing loss was caused by the treatment.

Why is this important? If it is decided that hearing aids would help you, they are very expensive, and not covered by insurance.... UNLESS it can be proven that the hearing loss is a side effect of your cancer treatment.

Just a thought....

Wishing you the best on May 4th!!!


Dx 9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (right): Saline implant Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/21/2013 Femara (letrozole) Dx 7/15/2021, IDC: Papillary, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 14, 2016 03:28PM Ausbear wrote:

Thanks everybody, great advice!

I'm seeing the surgeon to day to review the results of my MRI and discuss lumpectomy vs mastectomy. Even just typing those words feels weird, cancer teaches you a whole new vocabulary that I really didn't want to learn!!

Cheers

Clair

Aged 41 at diagnosis. The little lump that changed it all. Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Surgery 5/3/2016 Mastectomy: Left, Right Targeted Therapy 6/29/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 6/29/2016 Taxol (paclitaxel)

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